Health & Environment

Long-term funding from province confirmed for Experimental Lakes Area

David Orazietti is Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources. (STRINGER/CANADA/REUTERS)

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Jul. 31 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

Last updated Wednesday, Jul. 31 2013, 6:06 AM EDT

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Natural Capital in Our Communities

Learn about the Ecological Goods and Services a healthy environment provides for our communities!

Natural Capital refers to the stock of natural resources and environmental assets, and how they contribute to building healthy communities. The Natural Capital perspective is a way of placing a monetary value on the benefits, known as ecological goods and services, that nature naturally provides to humans. Examples include: regulating climate, water purification, erosion control, flood protection, and providing health benefits. 

Natural Capital is a way of communicating how much nature is worth, in the hopes to make better policy and development decisions in the future.... Read more »

Save Kipawa Lake

Photo Credit: Mike Bonnin

Join the online petition seeking to protect the Kipawa Lake region from a proposed rare earth mine project by Matamec Explorations.

http://www.change.org/petitions/minister-of-natural-resources-quebec-protect-kipawa-lake Kipawa and surrounding watersheds are currently a vast wilderness area relatively untouched by humans and industry. The lake is important for local Algonquin First Nations members who rely on hunting and fishing and also an important tourist destination (tourist dollars help stimulate the local economy). Kipawa Lake is the headwaters for Lac Temiscaming and the Ottawa River, changes in water quality upstream will affect lakes downstream. 
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St. Lawrence oil and gas well proposal has Farley Mowat ‘hopping mad’

There is no denying the amount of fight still left in Farley Mowat. Just let him get going on the “evil forces” who are sacrificing the environment in their lust for oil.

The writer, conservationist and conversationalist, who completed what he declared to be his final book nearly three years ago at the age of 89, is irate. A proposal to put an offshore oil and gas well in the Gulf of St. Lawrence will not go away, and Mr. Mowat is aghast at the depths of human folly.

Back in 1984, he wrote a book called Sea of Slaughter that detailed a litany of environmental wrongs in the gulf and on the Atlantic seaboard. The looming development, known as the Old Harry Prospect, holds the potential to unleash more of the same, Mr. Mowat said this week in a telephone interview from Cape Breton, where he and his wife, Claire, spend their summers.... Read more »

Rail safety in B.C. questioned following Quebec tragedy

Following a massive, deadly fire sparked by the derailment of a train in Quebec, questions are being asked about the safety of hazardous goods rail networks in British Columbia.

Early Saturday morning, a parked train carrying crude oil rolled away and crashed, sparking multiple explosions and a major fire in the community of Lac-Mégantic. Thirteen people have been confirmed dead and around 50 remain missing as of Monday.

The incident has shone the spotlight on the contentious political debate over oil transportation and Canada's rapidly expanding oil-by-rail industry.... Read more »

            

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